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Advisory to Parents regarding the Eclipse Monday, August 21

posted by PERRY MASON

Dear Parents/Guardians,


On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will cross the United States with partial visibility in Arizona with its peak at 10:33 a.m.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) states that at no time during the eclipse should a person look directly at the sun. Exposure of the retina to intense visible light causes damage to the eye’s light-sensitive rod and cone cells. The result is a loss of visual function that may be either temporary or permanent, depending on the severity of the damage. The risk to vision is significant because the associated injuries occur without any feeling of pain, and the visual effects do not occur for at least several hours after the damage is done.


For the safety of all students, all WESD schools will be on a mandatory rainy day schedule Monday, August 21. Recess and other outdoor activities will be canceled from 9:15 a.m. to noon to ensure the safety of our students.


We understand that this is an exciting and educational experience. If students and staff

plan on viewing the eclipse, we are recommending that teachers use the NASA livestream,


Thank you for your understanding and support.

Estimados Padres/Guardianes,


El lunes, 21 de agosto, un eclipse solar cruzará los Estados Unidos con visibilidad parcial en Arizona con su punto de mayor intensidad a las 10:33 a.m.


La Administración Nacional de la Aeronáutica y del Espacio (NASA por sus siglas en inglés) declara que en ningún momento durante el eclipse debe una persona mirar directamente al sol. El que la retina sea expuesta a luz visible intensa daña los bastones y conos del ojo que son sensibles a la luz. El resultado es la pérdida de funcionamiento visual que pudiese ser temporal o permanente, dependiendo en la gravedad del daño. El riesgo a la visión es significativo porque las lesiones asociadas ocurren sin ninguna sensación de dolor y los efectos visuales no ocurren hasta al menos varias horas después de que el daño se ha hecho.


Para la seguridad de todos los estudiantes, todas las escuelas de WESD estarán en un horario obligatorio de día lluvioso el lunes, 21 de agosto. Se cancelarán el recreo y otras actividades al aire libre desde las 9:15 a.m. hasta el mediodía para asegurar la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes.


Entendemos que esta es una experiencia emocionante y educativa. Si los estudiantes y el personal planean ver el eclipse, recomendamos que los maestros utilicen la transmisión en vivo de NASA,


Gracias por su comprensión y apoyo.



Open House August 24 at 6:00 p.m. - 7:40 p.m.

posted Jul 18, 2017, 2:30 PM by PERRY MASON   [ updated Jul 18, 2017, 2:39 PM ]

On the evening of August 24, we welcome parents and guardians to come to meet the teachers and walk your student's schedule.  

We will begin in the Gym with a brief welcome, then release families to follow their student's schedule.  The periods will be short, so this is meant to allow for an introduction and overview of the classes.  If you have further questions, teachers will be giving out their contact information.

During the evening we will have Site Council Elections for the two parent openings.  The two positions are a for two years.  Please see the Site Council tab for duties and responsibilities.  We are always looking for parents who want to be part of the decision making team at Mountain Sky.  If you are interested, please fill out the form below and return it to the front office prior to August 24.    

School Starts Monday, August 7

posted Jul 18, 2017, 2:24 PM by PERRY MASON

Welcome back.  School starts Monday, August 7 at 9:00 a.m.  Announcements are at 8:55 a.m.  

We look forward to seeing you.

If you did not pick up your schedule at the Walk Through Registration Wrap up on July 26 (8th Grade) or July 27 (7th Grade) between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., then on the first day, you will go to the cafeteria to look up your name on a homeroom roster.  In that homeroom, will be a copy of your schedule.  

School Office Opens July 19

posted Jun 26, 2017, 9:39 AM by PAMELA HORTON

All school offices are now closed until Wednesday, July 19. School offices will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., July 19 – 28, resuming their regular office hours on Monday, July 31. If you’re interested in registering for the 2017 – 2018 school year, all student registration occurs at the Welcome and Registration Center, located at 3200 W. Cholla Street. The Welcome and Registration Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., closed from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Early Eagle Registration Wrap Up - July 26-8th grade & July 27-7th grade

posted Jun 19, 2017, 9:48 AM by PERRY MASON

Early Eagle Registration Wrap up is the time when families can come and pick up student schedules, purchase yearbooks and P.E. uniforms, update immunization and student records, walk the campus, find bus stops, and much more.

8th Grade - July 26 anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
7th Grade - July 27 anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Both evenings are in the gymnasium  

If you are changing address information, please bring proof of residence.

If you are not already registered or if you have not turned in an Open Enrollment Form, you will not be able to go through the stations.  You will need to register at the WESD Welcome and Registration Center located behind Cholla Middle School (located on 31st Ave. and Cholla).  

Please bring cash or check for items to purchase.  For the school stations, we are unable to accept credit cards, but the PTO stations (Yearbooks and Spirit gear) they will have the ability to run a credit or debit card. 

If you have any questions, please call the Office after it reopens July 19, 602-896-6100.  


posted Jun 15, 2017, 3:44 PM by PERRY MASON   [ updated Jul 21, 2017, 11:03 AM ]

Mountain Sky Jumpstart


The Treasure of Knowledge

Avast ye maties!  So ye thinks ye can tame the seas, eh?  Well, if adventure is what ye seek, then your presence is required as we gather and train our crew on our newly scuttled ship the Maroon Pearl. We`ll be sailing into uncharted waters for we will be seeking the elusive buried Treasure of Knowledge, so we will be having to train a crew first - a process sure to test yer salt.  You’`’ll learn fast or learn to drink sea water by walking the plank.  We’`’ll be sailing the shark infested waters of Apathy Reef and roundin’ the aggravating Horn of FidgetSpinner, but where the “X” marks the spot, we`’ll learn 30 ways to cook seagull.  Actually, we`’ll learn the code of the mast and how to survive aboard the Maroon Pearl, our home for our 36 week adventure.    

 Dates:  We set to sail July 25 & 26 (8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)

Purpose:We have just two days to develop your sea legs and sharpen your skills. You’ll need to learn your crew (fellow students), and how to tame the seven seas (how to be successful in middle school).  There may be challenges ahead, but you will all learn how to face them together, one-eyed ‘er two.          


Some activities:


Team builders

Scavenger Hunt



Our ship The Maroon Pearl is still being outfitted for the next journey so you will have to catch the smaller privateering vessels (buses) to get to Eagle Island.  I have sent a schedule, for those traveling across the seas, and a map of the Island itself.  If yer using yer own ship, we do ask that no buccaneer be marooned on the island, so please arrive and shove off promptly.  There may still be plundering aboard in the morning so please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the day. (See attached letter with bus schedules only good for Jump Start.  The bus routes during the school year likely will be different).


Upon arrival:

All swabs will report to the galley (cafeteria) to meet the captain and crew.  There, they will be assigned an experienced sea dog (teacher) and powder monkey (8th grade student) to complete their training.


What to Bring:

You may bring your own rations (snacks) and grog (water). Other equipment will be provided. 

You will be roving about the island, so dress comfortably, but remember our dress code applies anytime our students are on campus.  (No landlubber gear such as hats, bandanas, visors, flip-flops, or tube/tank tops.  Also, no bare midriffs, no exposed undergarments, or inappropriate slogans on clothing.)



While a pirate’s life is social and full of frivolity, discipline is a part of a pirate’s life as well.  If we must, we will make any unruly buccaneers walk the plank.  Being on time, and working hard as a crew, will ensure that we find the treasure and break the curse of Eagle Island.

Avast! Me Hearties, and look to the seas.  There, together we all will find redemption or Davy Jones.  Eye patch not included. 

Perry “Marlinspike” Mason, Captain (Principal)

If you have any further question please feel free to call me at 896-6105.  The main school number is 896-6100.  

School Budget 101 in 5 Minutes!

posted Aug 10, 2016, 2:37 PM by PAMELA HORTON   [ updated Aug 10, 2016, 2:38 PM by PERRY MASON ]

WESD Budget 101

Like Us On Facebook

posted Jul 25, 2016, 11:55 AM by John Mospan   [ updated Jul 25, 2016, 11:56 AM by PERRY MASON ]

We will be using Facebook this year to share celebrations and pictures from events.  Be sure to "like" us to receive these updates!  

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